Joanna Jedrzejczyk to Defend 115-Pound Belt Against Valerie Letourneau at UFC 193

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 4, 2015
Joanna Jedrzejczyk will share a card with Ronda Rousey. | Piotr Pedziszewski/

Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s next title defense will come against Valerie Letourneau at UFC 193 on Nov. 14.

UFC President Dana White revealed the matchup during the promotion’s “Go Big” press conference on Friday. The strawweight championship clash will serve as the evening’s co-main event. UFC 193 takes place at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne and is headlined by a women’s bantamweight title tilt between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm.

Jedrzejczyk was previously rumored to be defending her title against Claudia Gadelha at UFC 195, but that bout was contingent upon Gadelha healing from a finger injury suffered in a victory over Jessica Aguilar at UFC 190.

“So Claudia’s hurt. She has a problem with her hand. This is what she said: ‘I’m not hurt. I can fight. I’m just waiting for my hand to heal up.’ That’s why she’s not fighting,” White said.

Jedrzejczyk is unbeaten in 10 professional appearances, including four triumphs inside the Octagon. The 28-year-old Pole captured the 115-pound belt in dominant fashion, as she scored a second-round knockout over Carla Esparza at UFC 185. Jedrzejczyk then continued her roll in her first title defense, stopping Jessica Penne 4:22 into round three at UFC Fight Night in Berlin.

Letourneau has been victorious in her first three Octagon appearances, besting Elizabeth Phillips, Jessica Rakoczy and Maryna Moroz in succession. The Montreal native is 8-3 as a professional overall, with her losses coming to Gadelha, Alexis Davis and Sarah Kaufman.


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